November 15, 2007
PACO Packages for Navy Legalmen
The Paralegal Association of Central Ohio
is joining with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations to send packages to paralegals currently serving with the United States Navy.
The “Navy Legalmen” is a network of military affiliated paralegals who share the common goal of advancing their profession. The care package project is spearheaded by Lori Thompson, Coordinator, Navy Legalmen and Military Paralegal Outreach Program, and liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service for NFPA.
The project has been warmly received by paralegals and their commanding officers. Rear Admiral Bruce MacDonald, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy sent his support in a letter to NFPA stating, “I would like to express my appreciation for your continued support to our Legalmen. Your work has been important to all of our young men and women in hardship locations. The care packages that you provide are a tangible measure that our Sailors are on your hearts and minds. I want you to know how much we truly appreciate this generous contribution.”
Navy Legalmen are at the forefront of the global war on terrorism, serving in challenging legal environments, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and the Horn of Africa—engaged in convoy missions where they transport essential physical evidence and witnesses to and from hearings. The Navy Legalman who received a package from PACO could not reveal her exact location in Iraq, said she was “out here in the heat, sand and nothing else” and wrote that the package was a “morale booster.” The care package contained personal care items, food, candy, snacks, books, and paralegal items such as notepads, pens, highlighters, as well as a current copy of The Citator.
Donations are being accepted to buy supplies for the packages and pay for postage. If you are interested in participating with the PACO Care Package Project, please contact Deborah Bradford, email@example.com.
[Pictured above: Karen Pierson at the Columbus Post Office's Main Branch posting to Navy Legalman in Iraq]